From Coast to Eclipse
I set out on the road in early August of 2017, after a riveting winter/spring/summer of traveling to places I had never seen. Witnessing and experiencing things I had only ever heard of.
But one thing I never really considered was how much I was going to change as a person, a little insight to my life.
I'm from a small town in the panhandle of Florida, where the beaches are emerald green and the sand is made of 100% quartz giving it the brightest white sands in the country! It was a BEAUTIFUL place to grow up. My family had nestled us into a house accommodating our 8 person family, with tall ceilings and plenty of space. The french doors opened to a forest, ready to expand the imagination of any child.
That child was definitely me. I was a hellraiser, never left my bedroom without my buck knife and bow and arrows. I was always in the woods pretending to be Robin Hood in search of Maid Marion, fighting off robbers and lions all in the same day. It truly was the best place in the world for me to grow up.
Flash forward a few daunting decades full of love, laughter and the unwilding world of puberty and all the bullshit that comes with it. I found myself settled in New Orleans, a city I was always in love with. My fathers family is from there, and it has always been a love affair I couldn't let go of. But I'll save that for another time.
New Orleans had taught me a lot in life but when it came down to it, it just wasn't enough for me anymore. From one love story ending to a few more pointless relationships everything started to change. I had been doing some serious fundraising to counteract the threat of what the current Danger Mango could potentially do. I knew the world was changing, but what was I supposed to do. That election put my world in a shaker and added salt to every open wound I had ever encountered. That's when the road called to me, and ultimately to my life on the road.
Vanning has been an ultimate life lesson, putting my physical and mental mindsets and comforts to the ultimate test. I started quickly realizing that everything isn't always fun and games. The road started showing me the real dangers in life, but it wasn't what you would traditionally expect.
The first few weeks on the road were luckily with a friend who was hopping a ride to a burning man pre-build and I was on my way to the start of my California festival tour. First stop San Francisco!!
Once we split into our directions, I realized I had never felt so truly alone as I did in those moments. The country had voted in the most dangerous man to control our country, my girlfriend had just broke up with me, and I was clear across the country from any family. Those moments of feeling that it was just me, just my pup and the open road headed to what would be the most magical awakening, The Oregon Eclipse Festival! It was there that I would truly begin the journey of a life time. I went on to have one of the most enriching experiences of my life. (Another blog on this experience coming) I would learn something so powerful that it changed my entire perception on how everything was "supposed" to be.